One of the Christmas presents we gave our family was personalized outdoor door mats. Using this post by Martha Stewart as my inspiration, I set out to make mats with names on them - while Martha's uses numbers.
We started with plain mats from Ikea.
The ones we bought are called Trampa and run less than $10 each.
artha says, I first started with creating a border. For these, I used blue painters tape to make an edge that would remain un-painted. From there, because I was doing names, not numbers, I had to create a stencil. I did this by printing out the name on paper, affix it to a piece of posterboard and pricking holes through the posterboard to create an outline of the name. Using a pair of sharp, small scissors, I cut the letters out - leaving behind custom stencil.
I popped the stencil in the middle of the mat and taped everything down.
I made these mats for a bunch of Nat's cousins/aunts/uncles. With everyone sharing a last name, one stencil went a long way. If you're looking for a personalized gift for someone at Christmas-time, this is something that's pretty easy to do and will most definitely be used by the recipient. Everyone can use a door mat, right?